Paige VanZant will return to the bareknuckle arena later TONIGHT (Fri., July 23, 2021) in an attempt to earn her first win under the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) banner when she takes on Rachael Ostovich in the five-round main event of BKFC 19 at Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Florida.
Ostovich will be making her promotional debut after receiving her walking papers from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in late 2020 on the heels of three straight defeats, which includes a submission loss to VanZant at UFC on ESPN+ 1 in Jan. 2019. For VanZant, a win is crucial here since she is just 1-4 in her last five combat bouts, which includes going 1-3 in her last four fights with UFC. “12 Gauge” also came up short in her BKFC debut against Britain Hart and now she looks to make a statement by going up 2-0 on the Hawaiian-born fighter.
In the co-main event, former BKFC Heavyweight champion, Arnold Adams, takes on unbeaten (4-0) bareknuckle brawler Michael Terrill, while the aforementioned Hart returns to face Jenny Savage in women’s Flyweight action. The card also features social media platform match ups (YouTube vs. TikTok) such as Blue Face vs. Kane Trujillo, Nick Ireland vs. DK Money, and Evil Hero vs. Dakota Olave.
BKFC 19 Quick Results:
125 lbs.: Paige VanZant vs. Rachael Ostovich
265 lbs.: Arnold Adams vs. Michael Terrill
150 lbs.: Blue Face vs. Kane Trujillo
125 lbs.: Britain Hart vs. Jenny Savage
125 lbs.: Taylor Starling vs. Cassie Robb
125 lbs.: Abdiel Velazquez vs. Geane Herrera
145 lbs.: Sky Moiseichik vs. Jorge Gonzalez
145 lbs.: Nick Ireland vs. DK Money – Ireland via majority decision
140 lbs.: Evil Hero vs. Dakota Olave – Hero via unanimous decision
185 lbs.: Terry Janoski vs. Richard Carsten – Janoski via first round KO
185 lbs.: Jared Warren vs. Zion Tomlinson – Warren via first round KO
185 lbs.: Jay Jackson vs. Damon Bell -Jackson via third round KO
155 lbs.: Branden Allen vs. Jordan Nash – Nash via unanimous decision
265 lbs. Chris Jensen vs. Kyle McElroy – Jensen via first round TKO
165 lbs.: Josh Sikes vs. Tony Soto – Soto via unanimous decision
BKFC 19 Round-By-Round Updates:
Paige VanZant vs. Rachael Ostovich
Arnold Adams vs Michael Terrill
Britain Hart vs. Jenny Savage
BKFC 19 Round-By-Round ‘Platform’ Fight Updates:
Blue Face vs. Kane Trujillo
Nick Ireland vs. DK Money
Round 1: Both me using their jabs well to start. Irelands lands a flush hand, DK fires back a left hand. Money fires of three straight right hands and he unloads a flurry of punches that rock Ireland. They aren’t pretty but they are landing. Money the busier fighter here but Ireland, the smaller of the two, isn’t backing down one bit. 10-9 Money
Round 2: Straight right lands for Ireland. Money once again with a sloppy flurry of punches. The big man has no technique to speak of but he is throwing more and landing. Clinch from Ireland. HUGE right hook lands for Ireland, and then a straight right hands. Both men are gassed. The action slowing a bit. Ireland closes the round connecting with four clean punches to steal the round. 10-9 Ireland
Round 3: Left hands lands for Money. Right hooks from Ireland. Both men land their jabs. Uppercut lands for Ireland and Money spits his mouthpiece out. It was blatant, he needed the break. Left hands lands for Ireland, Money isn’t throwing much. Money ducks a big shot to close out the round.
Final Result: Ireland defeats Money via majority decision
Evil Hero vs. Dakota Olave
Round 1: No touch of gloves. Big right hand from Hero lands. Olave clinches to avoid the heavy shots. Hero with two overhand rights. Shots to the body from Olave aren’t doing much, Hero just eats them. And with good reason, there is little to no power on them. One-two lands for Hero, rocks Olave. Uppercut lands for Hero, Olave is super-tentative to start things off. 10-9 Hero
Round 2: One-two lands for Hero again. Hero has the better “technique” of the two. Olave firing off some shots, but they simply don’t do anything even if they happen to land. Overhand rights lands for Hero and then a right uppercut as he shoves his friend-turned rival away. Straight hand down the pipe lands for Hero, who is now taunting Olave. 10-9 Hero
Round 3: Olave goes in for the clinch but Hero shoves him away. Olave now backing away with Hero having to chase him down. Olave is trying to let his hands go but to no avail. It seems as if Hero can end this fight whenever he wants to but chooses to pepper his foe with shots over and over. Olavewith more shots to the body. Big uppercut barely misses for Hero. Olave with another overhand right and then an uppercut. Hero has a bloody nose, a shot must have snuck in there for Olave. 10-9 Hero
Final Result: Evil Hero defeats Dakota Olave via unanimous decision
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